Scientists create Nanobionic plants that detect chemicals and could grow on Mars

Scientists create Nanobionic plants that detect chemicals and could grow on Mars

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Being able to bend nature to our will has its advantages, but it could also help us create plants that grow naturally on alien planets.   Plants are naturally amazing little machines so, naturally, scientists think that giving them a bionic leg up could unlock...

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Here’s how NASA plans to build on Mars and the Moon

Here’s how NASA plans to build on Mars and the Moon

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As the cost of launching equipment and people into space plummets the reality of colonising other planets is getting closer.   It’s one thing to send an astronaut to Mars to be an extraterrestrial tourist for a few hours. But if humanity wants to actually...

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Russia unveils new nuclear powered spacecraft destined for Mars

Russia unveils new nuclear powered spacecraft destined for Mars

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Many countries have tried to develop miniaturised nuclear reactors for space flight applications, but Russia’s by far the closest.   Elon Musk wants to travel to Mars using SpaceX’s planned monolithic rocket booster, the Big Falcon Rocket. Meanwhile, on the other side of the world in...

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SpaceX will launch it’s global satellite internet ambitions today

SpaceX will launch it’s global satellite internet ambitions today

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Elon Musk’s company SpaceX wants to bring high speed, quality internet access to every person on Earth, and they’re starting today.   Now that the dust has settled from SpaceX’s first successful Falcon Heavy mission earlier this month, which was years in the planning, the...

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Dubai’s first Martian Colony will be on Earth, in Dubai

Dubai’s first Martian Colony will be on Earth, in Dubai

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Dubai wants to operate a Martian colony on Mars before 2117, and now they’re planning a dress rehearsal on Earth   Just a few months on from announcing they were going to, one day, build their own colony on Mars by 2117, the United Arab...

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NASA’s new ion thruster smashes all the records

NASA’s new ion thruster smashes all the records

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Chemical rockets are big, bulky and expensive, and once they run out of fuel they’re useless, Ion thrusters operate without fuel and could help propel humanity beyond our solar system.   A thruster that’s being developed for a future NASA mission to Mars broke several records during...

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Lockheed show off their orbiting Mars station concept

Lockheed show off their orbiting Mars station concept

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The race for Mars is on and companies are now lining up to get astronauts into orbit, and onto, the red planet, and it’s only a matter of time before it happens.   At the International Astronautical Congress in Adelaide, Australia, last week rocket companies,...

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Musk unveils his plan to put a million people on Mars starting 2024

Musk unveils his plan to put a million people on Mars starting 2024

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF It’s inevitable that humanity will, at one point or another, become an interplanetary species, and Musk wants it to happen in the next decade.   It’s no secret that Elon Musk wants to, on the one hand, get to Mars himself, famously saying back in 2015...

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Travel to Mars for $200,000 on Elon Musk’s SpaceX Express

Travel to Mars for $200,000 on Elon Musk’s SpaceX Express

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Elon Musk wants you to live on Mars but today’s ticket price of $10 Billion is too high for most individuals so he has a plan to get it down to just $200,000.   Last year Elon Musk, the CEO of SpaceX and Tesla, delivered...

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Maiden flight of SpaceX rocket that will take tourists to the Moon lifts off in three months

Maiden flight of SpaceX rocket that will take tourists to the Moon lifts off in three months

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The Falcon Heavy will be one of largest rockets ever built and one day it could be the spacecraft that makes Humanity an interplanetary species.   Elon Musk has been tweeting again and this time he’s telling everyone that the highly anticipated Falcon Heavy launch,...

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Elon Musk bought a boring machine but is it for LA or Mars?

Elon Musk bought a boring machine but is it for LA or Mars?

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Los Angeles has a traffic problem, Mars has a radiation problem… Elon Musk has a boring machine, but is it headed for LA or Mars, and is he throwing us a red herring…?   After Elon Musk launched his latest company, Neuralink, whose sole purpose...

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The first Mars colony will be 3D printed from Martian dust

The first Mars colony will be 3D printed from Martian dust

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The colossal distances involved in getting to Mars means that shipping equipment to Mars will be an expensive herculean effort so experts want everything to be made in situ   A new 3D printing technique could let the first humans on Mars print everything from...

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SpaceX’s first Falcon Heavy launch will attempt upper stage recovery

SpaceX’s first Falcon Heavy launch will attempt upper stage recovery

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Re-using rockets, let alone the world’s largest, is fraught with technical challenges but Musk is confident he can overcome them and dramatically reduce the cost of space exploration   On Friday, after the successful re-use of its Falcon 9 rocket, Elon Musk surprised people by...

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Explorers wanted: American government tells NASA to get humanity to Mars

Explorers wanted: American government tells NASA to get humanity to Mars

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The falling cost of space exploration and grand visions are pushing organisations to take the next giant leap – to make us an interplanetary species.   Last week, perhaps in response to the growing interest in Mars from companies such as Boeing, and SpaceX, as well...

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NASA unveils plans to restore Mars’ atmosphere within three years

NASA unveils plans to restore Mars’ atmosphere within three years

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF If Mars is ever going to become humanity’s second home it’s going to have to be terraformed, the first step in achieving that is giving it an atmosphere   Mars might be better as the Red planet today but there’s plenty of evidence to suggest...

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Dubai heads to Mars, announces 2117 colonisation plans

Dubai heads to Mars, announces 2117 colonisation plans

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Dubai and the UAE aren’t just shining a light on the future, they’re building it, and now their latest ambition is to colonise Mars   Earlier this week Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the leader of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) joined Elon Musk,...

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NASA unveils its new Mars habitat concept

NASA unveils its new Mars habitat concept

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF When the first astronauts arrive on Mars they’re going to need somewhere to eat, live and sleep, and NASA’s new icy concept could be just the home away from home they always wanted   There are a lot of hoops to jump through before anyone...

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SpaceX will launch 4,425 satellites to bring superfast broadband to the entire world

SpaceX will launch 4,425 satellites to bring superfast broadband to the entire world

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Over 65% of the Earths population still don’t have internet, Musks ambitious project will bring them the same internet benefits that the rest of the world have… and fund his city on Mars.   SpaceX CEO, Elon Musk, is planning to put more than 4,000...

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NASA is funding an artificial gravity program

NASA is funding an artificial gravity program

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Astronauts who are exposed to long periods of microgravity suffer health problems when they get back to Earth, an artificial gravity system would replicate the natural gravity of Earth and prevent the problems from occurring.   Microgravity is bad for the bones and muscles. Just...

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Scientists petition the UN to create a sovereign space nation

Scientists petition the UN to create a sovereign space nation

As humanity nears its goals of becoming an interplanetary species it’s inevitable one day that a new nation will take form In the wake of multiple announcements from private and public bodies alike about colonising the Moon and Mars, beginning in 2017, a team of scientists and legal experts have...

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